September 23, 2011

Western Digital My Passport drives introduced for Mac

by Darren Allan

Western Digital has announced that it has brought the My Passport range of portable hard drives to the Mac, as well as the My Passport Studio model which is for the “discerning Mac user”, apparently.

The My Passport Studio external disk features an all-metal enclosure, and in terms of connectivity, the device offers a USB 2.0 port, plus two FireWire 800 ports. The twin ports mean users can daisy chain other peripherals, such as an HD camcorder.

My Passport Studio also boasts encryption and password protection measures to ensure the security of your data should the device go walkies, and the new metal design is apparently scratch resistant.

The Studio drive comes in 500GB, 750GB and 1TB models, which are priced at £90, £100 and £110 respectively.

The My Passport for Mac drive is designed to fit in with the look of the Mac computer, and targeted at users who need a compact and light portable drive for their back-up or other needs.

Port options are less on this model, with just the USB 2.0 port and no high-speed transfer via Firewire. You do save a bit of money, however.

The My Passport for Mac drives come in 500GB, 750GB and 1TB capacities, priced at £70, £80 and £90 respectively. They’re also compatible with the Apple Time Machine.

Jim Welsh, executive vice president and general manager of WD’s branded products and consumer electronics groups, commented: “Whether you are a member of the creative community or simply use your Mac to enjoy digital content on-the-go, users will find the perfect portable storage solution with WD’s My Passport Studio and My Passport for Mac high-capacity portable hard drives.”

“We know the value our customers place on their digital content, which is why we set demanding requirements for durability, security, and long-term reliability, with all our drives.”

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